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Bay City in Matagorda County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Elliott's Ferry

Elliott's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 1, 2015
1. Elliott's Ferry Marker
Inscription. During the early days of Anglo-American colonization in Texas, the Matagorda Bay Prairie area was an important route for people traveling between settlements. A convenient river crossing was a necessity, and a ferry was established on the Thomas Cayce league of land near this site. Known as Cayce's Ferry, the site was garrisoned by a small army post.

In January 1839 George Elliott (1806-1862) purchased land on the west bank of the Colorado River from Thomas Cayce, and from that time the ferry crossing was known as Elliott's Ferry. George Elliott was assisted in his endeavors by two nephews, William Elliott and John Elliott, who continued the ferry business after George Elliott's death.

By 1863 a small settlement had grown up around Elliott's Ferry. A small mercantile business and a post office known as Elliott's Ferry, Texas, were in operation in 1872. In 1893 the post office name was changed to Elliott, Texas, and a year later was moved to Bay City.

In 1902 a bridge was built over the Colorado River two miles northwest of Bay City. Known as the "Old River Bridge", its completion resulted in the demise of Elliott's Ferry.
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1461.)
Location. 28° 
Elliott's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 1, 2015
2. Elliott's Ferry Marker
59.015′ N, 95° 59.711′ W. Marker is in Bay City, Texas, in Matagorda County. Marker is at the intersection of Texas Route 35 and Nile Valley Road, on the right when traveling west on State Route 35. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bay City TX 77414, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bay City Post Office (approx. 1.5 miles away); Matagorda C.S.A. (approx. 1.5 miles away).
Also see . . .  The Town of Elliott (AKA, Elliott's Ferry) in The Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on October 4, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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